- a factor or force that balances or neutralizes another；a counterbalancing weight.
- have an opposing and balancing effect on；bring into contrast
verb: counterpoise, 3rd person present: counterpoises, gerund or present participle: counterpoising, past tense: counterpoised, past participle: counterpoised
noun: counterpoise, plural noun: counterpoises
- 1. a factor or force that balances or neutralizes another the organization sees the power of Brussels as a counterpoise to that of London
- ▪ a counterbalancing weight.
- ▪ a state of equilibrium the building stands in counterpoise to a Roman temple
- 1. have an opposing and balancing effect on they make a delightful couple, his gentle intellectuality counterpoised by her firm practicality
- ▪ bring into contrast the stories counterpoise a young recruit with an old-timer
- a factor, force, or influence that balances or neutralizes another: they see the power of Brussels as a counterpoise to that of London money is a good counterpoise to beauty
- have an opposing and balancing effect on: excess on one hand is counterpoised by fundamental lack on the other
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